CANNES, France—Despite the mood in Europe, don't expect any austerity at the Cannes Film Festival, the annual Cote d'Azur extravaganza where glamour is wrapped in world cinema fervor and gauzy Mediterranean sunshine.
Except for the Oscars, it's the flashiest red carpet in the world, a ruby staircase flanked by tuxedoed photographers—and a world away from financial turmoil.
Yet Cannes, the 65th edition of which starts Wednesday, fetes its directors as much as it does its stars.
Later, there's David Cronenberg's Don DeLillo adaptation "Cosmopolis," starring Robert Pattinson, and Walter Salles' ("The Motorcycle Diaries") anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac's beloved "On the Road." That film, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, stars Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, but has attracted more attention for its supporting roles, including Pattinson's "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart as Dean Moriarty's girlfriend.
"When you fantasize about how the world views you as an actor, you're like, 'I want to be recognized at Cannes,'" says Pattinson, who has drawn high compliments from his director, Cronenberg, for his performance in "Cosmopolis."
Pattinson has previously been to Cannes to promote the "Twilight" film "New Moon" in 2009, but he's clearly thrilled to be a part of the main slate.
"Hopefully, people don't hate it," he says, alluding to Cannes' famously vocal audiences.
At Cannes, the context is always macro: all the world, all of cinema.
"It's great to have an American genre film in that kind of arena, where what you're coming to do is just share storytelling and the love of filmmaking as opposed to national boundaries," says Hillcoat. "That's what's really exciting about Cannes."
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